Divisions in the Church
A Sermon on Ephesians 4:4Read more
There is no question that the church tends to be divided over many different issues— some are important, but many are centered more around preferences than essential doctrines. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches in this sermon from Ephesians 4:4 about divisions in the church and how a right perspective on our nature and on the Holy Spirit brings unity to believers and the church. The Holy Spirit not only prepares people to become Christians, but He makes us Christians as well and puts the seal of God on those who believe in Him. Realizing this hope of our calling provides something for believers to unite around. Another type of division that is common within the church regards the natures of people’s conversions and the depth of sin they were saved out of. Many believers feel that the depth of their relationship with the Lord is related to the intensity of their salvation experience. However, Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains why this is not only unbiblical, but also a hindrance to community within the church. He says, “We must not dwell on what we've been called from, but we must dwell on what we've been called to.” By focusing on our equally sinful condition before the Lord, our complete dependency on Him, and on the hope of our calling as Christians, we can avoid these dissensions that so easily tear the Christian body apart.
Additional Scripture Translations
Ephesians 4:4, New American Standard Bible
4There is one body and one Spirit, just as you also were called in one hope of your calling;
Ephesians 4:4, King James Version
4There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.